Ltd. is a television production company in Washington, D.C.
The two principals of the organization, Gerald Krell and
Meyer Odze, have garnered many international awards for a
wide range of documentaries, public affairs, and educational
programs that have taken them to every continent to cover a
variety of subject matter for the private and public sector.
Prior to forming their own company they were senior
documentary producers with the United States Information
Agency. Their extensive Washington experience has given them
the opportunity to interview high level officials and
world-renowned personalities. Some of those dignitaries are:
Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, James Baker, Warren
Christopher, Madeleine Albright, and the late Dean Rusk,
Nancy Reagan, Arthur Schlessinger, Jr., Walter Cronkite,
Queen Sylvia of Sweden, Neil Armstrong, Aaron Copland, Billy
Wilder, Gordon Parks and Gian Carlo Menotti.
Auteur’s latest documentary “Three Faiths, One God: Judaism,
Christianity, Islam” thoughtfully compares similarities and
differences in religious beliefs and practices that Islam
has with Christianity and Judaism. The program illustrates
how people in the Abrahamic faith communities are dealing
with historical conflicts, yet remain dedicated to
facilitating understanding and respect.
Auteur Productions produced “Jews and Christians: A Journey
of Faith,” a 2 hour documentary television special which is
airing nationwide on over 200 public television stations.
The documentary was produced and directed by Gerald Krell
and photographed and edited by Meyer Odze. Based on the book
"Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith,"
by Prof. Marvin Wilson it was Co-produced with Connecticut
Public Television. The documentary project, funded in part
by a major grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, explores
common beliefs, traditions and rituals shared by Judaism and
Christianity, and examines how contemporary Jews and
Christians perceive each other, confront prejudice and
stereotypes and how they can understand and respect one
another. The goal of the program is to make Christians and
Jews better informed about their respective faiths and to
make available quality, historical, educational programming
for the general public so as to enhance its understanding of
two great religions of the modern world. It was the Winner
of the Silver Angel Award for spiritual and moral values and
the Videographer Award for excellence in Media. The
educational outreach for the program and study guide has
been distributed to hundreds of Universities, colleges, high
schools, libraries, churches and synagogues throughout the
world. The documentary also aired nationally on the Hallmark
Channel and in-depth interviews from the program are video
streamed on Hallmark’s Faith and Values Website.
Auteur is currently producing a documentary which chronicles
the 100 year history of the National Press Club, and shows
the importance of the Club in the development of American
journalism in general and the Washington Press Corp in
Among the documentaries Mr. Krell and Mr. Odze have
collaborated on is CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, produced for
USIA which exposes the systematic brutality against
individuals during the war in the former Yugoslavia, and the
preparation for the UN War Crimes Tribunal. Locations
included Croatia, Geneva, London, Paris and Warsaw. Among
other awards it received a CINE Golden Eagle; the Magnolia
Award at the Shanghai Film Festival; and winner, public
affairs documentary International Gold Screen Competition.
The documentary was also awarded the United States
Information Agency’ Director’s Award for exceptional
writing. It received Presidential and Congressional approval
for distribution in the United States.
Mr. Odze’s USIA documentary THE FRAGILE RING OF LIFE,
documents the threat to coral reefs around the globe from
man’s destructive practices. It was shown worldwide on
Discovery International and had its U.S. premiere at the
Smithsonian Institution to launch the International Year of
the Reef. The program had its U.S. television premiere on
Discovery's Animal Planet Channel. It won the CINE Golden
Eagle; the Earthwatch Award; best documentary in category,
International Gold Screen Competition; bronze medal New York
Festivals. It received Presidential and Congressional
approval for distribution in the United States. It was
photographed on location in Jamaica, Palau, Sri Lanka,
Egypt, Israel, and Jordan.
THE VOICE, a one-hour program produced and directed by Mr.
Krell, documents the Voice of America’s own history against
its coverage of the historical events over a fifty-year
history from World War II through the fall of communism.
Locations included Moscow, Prague and London. Winner CINE
Golden Eagle. It received Presidential and Congressional
approval for distribution in the United States.
Mr. Krell also directed the feature film FDR; That Man In
the White House. Written by Dore Schary and starring Robert
Vaughn, it was broadcast nationally on HBO and the Arts &
Entertainment Network. Mr. Odze was editor and associate
Auteur has produced programs for "Economics USA” and “Inside
the Global Economy” nationally televised series on PBS about
Globalization, NAFTA, the Euro, Microsoft, the Banking
System and The Federal Reserve. Among the outstanding
economists and personalities who appeared in these programs
are: Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve;
Lawrence Summers, President of Harvard University; David
Boise, lead prosecutor in Microsoft case; Herb Kelleher,
President of Southwest Airlines.
Auteur produced Homage to Verdi starring Sherrill Milnes of
the Metropolitan Opera. It was filmed on location in Verdi's
birthplace as well as many historically relevant locations
in Italy. The television special was seen on many PBS
stations including WGBH, Boston and KQED, San Francisco.
Auteur is developing a two-part special on the history,
status and role of opera in America. It is based on the
National Book Critics Circle Award winner "Opera in America:
A Cultural History" by John Dizikes and published by Yale
University Press. Serving on the board of advisors for this
series is a distinguished group of artists and academicians.
Sarah Caldwell, National Medal of the Arts honoree;
conductor Julius Rudel; Metropolitan Opera baritone Sherrill
Milnes; opera star and educator Martina Arroyo; Martin
Feinstein, General Director, retired of The Washington
Opera; Marc Scorca, president of Opera America and cultural
historians Professor Lawrence Levine, author of "Highbrow;
Lowbrow," University of California, Berkeley and University
of Chicago Professor Neil Harris, author of "Humbug" a
biography of P.T. Barnum.
Auteur has been commissioned to produce a documentary
special on the life and work of Catherine Filene Shouse,
creator of Wolf Trap, America’s only National Park for the
Performing Arts. The United States awarded Catherine Filene
Shouse its highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of
Freedom. The power of her personality attracted some of the
greatest artists in the world to perform at Wolf Trap. The
people Mrs. Shouse knew would fill a veritable Who’s Who of
politics, diplomacy and the arts. The program will be
presented by Connecticut Public Television for broadcasting
on Public Television stations nationwide.
They have been associated with the Smithsonian Institution's
Resident Associate Program Campus on the Mall, producing
several television series. One series of six programs, was
produced in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal, and
was entitled, "American Business & the World Economy in the
1990's and beyond". This series featured such prominent
people as Peter Kahn, publisher of the Wall Street Journal,
Paul Gigot, Albert Hunt, Brooks Jackson, and Karen Elliott
House to name a few.
Another series was produced in conjunction with the Kenan
Institute of Private Enterprise of the University of North
Carolina. It was entitled, "The American Entrepreneur
Today,” and featured such luminaries as J. Willard Marriott,
Jr., Amar Bose, Roger Horchow, David Jackson, and Arthur
Lipper. All these programs were broadcast over the PBS Adult
Learning Satellite Service to over 2,000 Universities
Mr. Krell and Mr. Odze received their Master of Arts degree
in Cinema from UCLA. Mr. Krell is a member of the National